What is Seminole Allies & Safe Zones at Florida State University?
FSU's Seminole Allies & Safe Zones
Seminole Allies & Safe Zones is an ally development program created through the offices of the Student Government Association at the Florida State University. These free workshops are offered regularly throughout the school year to students, faculty, and staff at the University and are open to all, regardless of orientation, identity or expression.
Seminole Allies & Safe Zones trainings are presented as an intensive three-hour in-house session. The program is further divided by content level into Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 101 and Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 201. The Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 101 workshop is a basic training in allyship and contemporary LGBTQ issues.
Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 201 is a topical workshop that covers more specific, nuanced discussions of LGBTQ identities and issues. Participants are welcome to attend 201 sessions once they’ve reached a certain level of mastery over the Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 101 materials. In addition to these topical sessions, there will be opportunities for individuals to attend Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 301, “Train the Trainer” workshops, which allow attendees to learn how to facilitate Seminole Allies & Safe Zones trainings under the guidance of the Safe Zone coordinator. Seminole Allies & Safe Zones 201 and 301 will launch in the 2014-2015 academic year.
● To promote acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Pansexual-identified (LGBTQQIA) people and understanding of contemporary issues that affect them.
● To provide a space to discuss gender, sexuality, and allyship and to explore how we can make our campus a safer and more inclusive place.
● To confront personal biases and increase understanding for participants at every level of knowledge and allyship.
● To discuss what it means to be an ally and demonstrate that allyship is a continuous process.